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April 30, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Restore funding to Blue Angels

Letter to the Editor: Restore funding to Blue Angels

It has come to my attention that the Blue Angels flying team cancelled their scheduled San Francisco fleet week appearance when the U.S. Navy announced the Blue Angels were grounded by Federal budget cuts; this is most troubling.

We spend billions upon billions of dollars that we cannot account for in Iraq and Afghanistan in our attempts to impose our ideological philosophies in countries where majorities of individuals simply do not agree with American politics nor have any interest in moving forward in the creation of a democratic culture.

In regards to the American public, the Blue Angels have a historic and highly praised patriotic image, which resonates with the American public, causing its citizens to take pride in and support our Military, and this is perhaps one of the Military's most effective tools in this regard.

The Blue Angels have generated as much good will and benefit for the U.S. Military as anything else they have attempted to do to encourage patriotic acknowledgment of the worth and presence of the Military in the United States. The Navy has stated that the team's annual budget is $35,000,000. Keeping in mind that this budget is nationwide, the Pentagon claims they cannot afford this luxury.

It appears the Navy has canceled the Blue Angels' 30 remaining performances for this year, and they would make no promise in regard to whether jets would be available next year.

Over the years, the Blue Angels have consistently re-enforced pride in America's armed forces, delighting crowds with their aerial maneuvers, and have also opened doors for children to look to the future and consider the Military as a career.

Perhaps it is time to cut back on spending billions of dollars we can't even account for in Afghanistan, supporting their President who on a regular and frequent basis has done nothing other than accuse America of butchering his civilians. Let's take this tiny fraction of our military budget and use it to protect and promote the integrity of the American Military to millions of Americans who have had the pleasure of witnessing the Blue Angels each year.

We need to maintain and encourage future support of the American Military throughout the American public to all members of our Nation, young and old. I believe the Blue Angels have been a very important and successful component in maintaining the pride and honor of the U.S. Military with the general public.

Law Offices of John N. Kitta & Associates

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